Friday Fictioneers – Peace Offering

The Friday Fictioneers is a weekly challenge from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields to write a 100 word story based upon an image. To date, no one has been crucified for going over/under the word count. This week’s image is a lovely macro photograph by Janet Webb.

Photography by: Janet Webb

Peace Offering

I watched Thomas Riverwing leave a kernel of corn beside the wasp nest. I felt lucky to learn woodcraft from the Seneca shaman, but he was odd at times.

“I thought wasps are meat-eaters,” I said.

“They like sweet too. This is sweet corn, but honey is better.”

“Think the wasps will eat it?”

“Probably not.”

A typical cryptic answer. “Then why do it?” I grated.

“It’s only a peace offering to show them that we are friends, so they will not sting us.”

“Wasps aren’t really trouble,” I pointed out. “There’s a wasp nest at my house. They don’t bother me.”

“I left honey at your house.”

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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46 Responses to Friday Fictioneers – Peace Offering

  1. beckles23 says:

    I really like this! I feel I know Thomas Riverwing quite well with next to no description of him. It made me laugh too. Good job!

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  2. I like this one! The last line is perfect.

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  3. Honie Briggs says:

    I left honie at your house. 🙂 Thomas Riverwing’s clear message is wise.

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  4. 40again says:

    I really liked this. I like Thomas Riverwing, thank you introducing him so well 🙂

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  5. This story is as peaceful as the offering and has a nice flow to it. I’m not thrilled with “grated”, as that sounds to me much harsher than his words sound, but that’s just me. “Queried?” Good job either way,

    janet

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks, Janet. I appreciate the critique. I imagine the protagonist slightly irritated at Thomas’ cryptic response. Not angry, mind you because it’s happened before, but something at least somewhat terse. In any event, it’s good to get feedback. Thanks for that.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Maybe ‘groused’ or ‘whined’ would be better?

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  6. I guess he’s someone who leaves a little sweetness everywhere he goes

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  7. kz says:

    great story. you’ve created a very interesting character. well done ^^

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  8. Sandra says:

    Beautifully done. The controlled wisdom of the teacher is experty conveyed.

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  9. Dear Eagle,
    Love the teacher. You painted a clear visual for me in his conversation. Last line…sweeeet.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

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  10. what an end loved it 🙂

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  11. Shreyank says:

    loved this a warm story 🙂

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  12. kdillmanjones says:

    Nice last line there!

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  13. Lyn says:

    I watched Brother Bear this afternoon with my grandkids…this had the same feel – I loved it 🙂

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  14. JulesPaige says:

    Ah, I thought I recognized your icon. I’ve only been playing with the Friday Fictioneers for a short time. Alastair and I have this different point of view story going. Challenging to keep each segment to 100 words.

    Thomas Riverwing must have passed by my creek…to help bring me here.
    You visited my Fashy Fiction site. I commented from my longer verse site, this icon reaches my daily short verse site.

    And yet all the fractured light of the prism comes from one source…

    Cheers, Jules
    (JulesPaige)

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    • EagleAye says:

      You sound like someone who’s spent time with Thomas Riverwing. Most cool. Looking forward to seeing your work again during future writing challenges in the world of the word.

      Cheers!

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      • julespaige says:

        Somewhere years buried I have a series voiced by an alter ego named;
        Thought Woman…could be a friend of Thomas Riverwing.

        All students become teachers…I often learn from Son of Son and he is not yet three.
        And I, whose eyes need assistance. Head capped with salt and pepper hair…still dream.

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      • EagleAye says:

        I think that’s beautiful. Even after we become teachers, we still remain students, everlasting.

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  15. Shey says:

    Nice read! I enjoyed it. 🙂

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  16. Joe Owens says:

    I never considered giving the bees a peace offering!

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  17. nightlake says:

    This was perfect. Enjoyed the ending:) Hope the bees accept the offering

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  18. I guess as humans, we need to be the bigger man in our age-old conflict with the bees.

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  19. I wish he would leave some honey at my house. 😉

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